Friday, April 24, 2009

Life in the Corporate Jungle...- episode - 2

The saga of corporate jungle has survived the first leg of its supposedly long journey and moved into episode-2. Pat..pat!!! Amused? You need to congratulate me on this.....and with every episode I am able to move it forward. Without your active support and interest, I cannot move ahead, and please don't let me lose steam .....

In the last episode I started with the characterization , and was into the 1st prototype. This time I plan to take you through some more prototyping. Once again, pre-apologising for using animal prototypes - don't mean any offence. Another interesting point here - There are some who retain their original animal traits all through their corporate life and there are others who imbibe other animal traits partially, intentionally or unintentionally along their journey along the wilderness. So there is a metamorphosis of "pure" types either to a "mixed" type or another "pure" type, depending on the circumstances. My original agenda of this mini-series was just to cover the prototypes and their behaviour under varied junglee scenarios, but now I think the prototype transformations would be interesting to cover as well. Lets see how I can develop this ....

Now let me get back to prototypes and finish of with the long list. The next type that you would see is what I call the "wolf" type. These are the cunning , wily types who are ready to try all possible tricks in the book or outside the books to achieve success. They don't like to spend time in working, or gaining knowledge in the area of work. They would better utilise their time in plotting and planning or building the right relationships, and how to utilise the "donkeys" to do the all the dirty work - well someone has to do it right. These ones do rise, upto a certain level, but beyond that results and performance also starts mattering. But let me warn you, who are smiling at themselves expecting downfall of some of your "wolf" colleagues sooner or later, it is always not the case. Some of them, are actually able to rise high, by adopting some "lap dog" and some "donkey traits" later in their career, at a point when being only "wolf" actually becomes an invisible "glass ceiling".

Lap Dogs I have already talked about in my last post, but what about "Donkeys"? These are the second most common variety of animals in this jungle. Most of us are "donkeys" when we start off. These ones just keep walking with whatever load is there on their backs, without looking anywhere. They are very focused, always walking along tagging the load, and the other types - including the wolf described earlier, love to dump more and more load on their backs. Growth prospects of these types are very limited, unless managed by "young lion" types. Otherwise there is complete stagnation after the first few years, and donkeys continue to burden themselves, as they know no other way to live in the jungle. Over years they get grumpy and frustrated, as they continue to remain on the same point on the corporate ladder while a whole lot of other march ahead. But some of them do transform themselves into mixed types, and then things get different.........

4 comments:

Saurabh said...

This one is more interesting then the previous episode
Keep writing!!!

Sucharita Sarkar said...

The problem is that most people wear masks in professional life (as you have so accurately pointed out), which means it often becomes difficult to identify their 'type'. Although you have identified their basic characteristics and have given appropriate animal-analogies really well.

Pradip Biswas said...

You have seen wolves and donkeys, but I hope you shall describe monkey's also. It is the donkeys everywhere who does the hardwork but can not market it. There are washermans who wash others credits, putit ontheir own donkey's back and make money. Have you seen them?

Koel said...

Saurabh: Thanks for reading...please do keep reading.

Sumidi: Thanks. I agree-people keep wearing masks all the time, so for a viewer they are a "mixed" type ....

Pradip:Thanks for reading. I have many more animal prototypes that will follow, and also their behaviour in various circumstances. I have seem most types you describe, but I keep discovering newere types every other day :-)